Friday 9th June, 2017

Fur & Feather

Posted by at 7:00 pm in In the garden.
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Looks like there'll be no more electoral posts for a while.

Here, have a cat video instead:

Ad nauseam

Posted by at 3:46 am in A bit of a rant.
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Monday 5th June, 2017

Uninformed

Posted by at 9:10 pm in A bit of a rant.
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Only three days to go until the big day.

And only after midday today did we find out about the following, via a friend who emailed me today after himself finding out about it only a few hours beforehand.

Of course, by then it was too late to re-jig my evening and far too late to submit any questions:

Of the people we've talked to about this, nobody noticed anything about it in the local free magazines and papers, nobody noticed any posters around the village, nor around the town (nor in the pub loos), and nobody received any flyers through the door.

Just goes to show how much they really want to engage with us.

Situation Normal.

Sunday 4th June, 2017

Stash

Posted by at 1:11 pm in Blast from the Past, Just for fun.

I've got whites, blues, downers, uppers, flash, halos, LSD LED...

It helps if you have the right connections.

Thursday 1st June, 2017

Dealt a Yarborough

Posted by at 2:59 am in A bit of a rant.
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Only a week to go until the big day.

When it comes to General Elections I've never had any problems choosing which candidate got my vote... until this one.

We have only four parties vying for the top spot here:

and I have misgivings about all of them.

LibDems: They've had my vote before, and their candidate stands the best chance of ousting our current absentee-landlord, but after Clegg broke his tuition fees pledge while polishing Cameron's buttocks I don't think that I can bring myself to trust the LibDems again.

Labour: Well, when your head honcho has played poker with his cards face-up by ruling out ever using Britain’s nuclear deterrent (thus making it no deterrent whatsoever) and whose credibility on defence is in tatters, who's going to keep the flag flying if Johnny Foreigner decides to take a pop at us? Moreover, there's NATO's Article 5 which say something like "an armed attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against them all". In that circumstance what's the top man going to deploy? Sharp sticks? Harsh words? Economic-migrant car-washers armed with wet sponges?

Conservatives: As a party they seem to have it in the bag already, but there's no way that our current candidate will get my vote even if his gaffer was [insert your preferred benevolent deity here]. My views on our current candidate's 30 years as Our Man In Havana At The Conning Towers are well-documented on this blog and don't need repeating here.

So that leaves the Greens. The party that favours ungreen* wind-farms here, there and everywhere. No thanks.

I think it may well be a case of "None of the above".

But I'll still go to the Polling Station even if it's only to bait the tellers.

* Probably not a real word but it seems to fit.

Wednesday 31st May, 2017

Square deal

Posted by at 12:58 am in In the garden, Just for fun.

So, let's suppose that I go to the tills at B&Q with 3 square metres of these slabs on my trolley. Do you think they'll have grounds for refusal if I tender One Pound Sterling and expect some change?

 

According to their pricing and my basic maths, I should get 4p change from a quid.

Monday 29th May, 2017

Capital Tee

Posted by at 12:05 am in Just for fun, Shiny new kit.

It's a perfect fit, in more ways than one:

Saturday 27th May, 2017

Stealth Moths

Posted by at 11:08 pm in In the garden.

These things always remind me of B-2 bombers:

 

 

Opinions differ - I'm told that it's either a Poplar Hawk Moth Laothoe populi or an Eyed Hawk Moth Smerinthus ocellatus.

What say you? You can click 'em for a closer look - it's safe, they're not armed.

Subtle hint

Posted by at 1:31 pm in A bit of a rant.

Above: My feedback on the Royal Mail Door-to-Door Opt-Out Scheme. Soon afterwards, it was fed back into the local post-box.

Maybe I should have written it in all known languages, as it's clear that they can't read (or can't be arsed to read) the English version of the form which I've printed, completed, laminated and stuck to the front door directly above the letterbox, the flap of which also bears a "No Junk Mail" sign:

I suppose they've "lost" all of the properly-completed forms which I've sent to Freepost ROYAL MAIL CUSTOMER SERVICES this year.

Thursday 18th May, 2017

Counter-productive

I went to Leicester General today for yet another venesection. While I was being bled they gave me my serum ferritin test result for the sample taken prior to the previous venesection performed on 27th April. That result was 427 × 10-6 g/L

Compare that to my serum ferritin test result for the sample taken prior to the outpatient consultation at Leicester Royal only the week before. That result was 366 × 10-6 g/L

That implies an increase of over 16%. With no medication or medical procedure between those tests.

Now, I've taken on board their assertion that they are OK with swings of up to 20% (regardless of whether I'm OK with them), but that applies to things which are supposed to stay fairly constant. In this case, however, we are dealing with something that's supposed to be a reduction protocol. There is no good reason for such an increase, yet I suspect they'll say that it's no cause for concern.

I'm no jerk but I do know the difference between shit and Shinola...

 

 

I'll get the result of today's test next Tuesday, and there will be another test prior to next Thursday's out-patient consultation. I reckon that those results will confirm that it's a lab problem rather than anything wrong with me.

It could be an interesting week at University Hospitals of Leicester. If they pin the blame on differences between what goes on at the test labs I'll be lecturing them about calibration, standards, and the like. I'll be on firm ground there. I think that their "swings of up to 20% are OK" assertion is just an arse-covering disclaimer because their labs/tests aren't calibrated against a common standard and hence results from different labs are not comparable.

If I had to put my money on one lab or the other, I'd slap it on the General. They have lots of experience with venesections and associated tests for haemochromatosis patients, and that's why the Royal send me to the General for my bleeds.

But it's the consultants at the Royal who decide on my treatment, and they act on the results of their own tests.

Of course, the usual caveat applies... they can't both be right, but they could both be wrong.

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